LOGAN – The Northern Utah Immunization Coalition, a partnership of Weber, Morgan, Rich, Cache Box Elder, and Davis Counties, recently recognized Logan Regional Hospital’s Transitional Care Unit for their efforts in having 90% of their staff immunized against two common vaccine preventable diseases, Influenza and Hepitits B. By doing this, the staff was not only protected but so were their patients.
A small monetary award will be donated to the Logan Regional Hospital Foundation, which provides financial support to the Cache Valley Community Health Clinic in Logan. 100% of the award will be committed to the Clinic in honor of this recognition.
“The Foundation is excited to receive this donation because it represents a deep commitment to healing existing patients as well as community members who use the services at the downtown clinic,” explains Troy Oldham, Executive Director of the Logan Regional Hospital Foundation. “It is a very unselfish act to receive an award and then donate the financial component to a worthy cause.”
“The very best protection against disease is obtained when not only individuals are immunized but a cocoon of safety is created around those who are most vulnerable to disease.” said Carol Morrell, RN Immunization Program Manager. She continued, “Immunity from vaccine preventable disease like influenza, whooping cough, measles or many others is a community effort that is only achieved when everyone does their part by getting immunized.”
This award was part of a Northern Utah competition among long term care facilities to encourage them to get immunized in an effort to protect the patients they serve. All of those who provide care and comfort should be immunized as not to expose residents to vaccine preventable diseases that may be life threatening. This would include medical staff, office staff and family members.
Facilities who reached 90% immunization for both Influenza and Hepatitis B were entered into a drawing. The two other facilities who reached this level but were not drawn were Bear River Valley Hospital and Welcome Home Assisted Living.